Former Middle Tennessee standout Laura (Miguez) Howarth begins her second season on the Blue Raider soccer staff as a graduate assistant. Howarth, who is regarded as one of the best all-around players in program history, completed her eligibility in 2004 and earned her bachelor's degree in 2005.
Her familiarity with the program and the current staff enables Howarth to provide cohesiveness. She is involved in various aspects of the program from player development to on-field training.
As a player, Howarth was part of numerous record-setting teams, and in her first season in a coaching capacity the 2006 Blue Raiders set the school record for wins (17) and featured the nation's third-highest scoring offense.
Howarth started for the Blue Raiders from 2001-to-04 and departed the program as one of its most decorated players ever. She served as one of the captains on Middle Tennessee's 2004 Sun Belt Conference championship team - the first in program history - and helped lead to the Blue Raiders to a then school-record 13 wins in the process.
While winning always was foremost with the talented forward from Dallas, Texas, she accomplished many milestones and received numerous accolades throughout her career. Howarth was named to the All-Time Sun Belt Conference Soccer Team in conjunction with the league's 30-year anniversary in 2005, and she is one of only two three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selections (2002, 2003, 2004) in Middle Tennessee history.
Howarth concluded her career as Middle Tennessee's all-time leader in points (87) assists (31), and goals (28). Her career marks for points and goals have since been surpassed. During her remarkable four-year career, Howarth set three individual career marks and was part of teams that established what were then school records for single-season wins, shots, goals, assists, and points. She also is the holder of numerous single-season and single-game records, while appearing on the Top 10 list in every offensive category for a single-game, single-season, or career.
Howarth is married to former Middle Tennessee baseball standout Jason Howarth. They reside in Murfreesboro.